On Thursday 14 June, Warwickshire County Council joined a number of organisations in signing the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, developed in 2016, outlines the signatories’ commitment to a joined up preventative approach to improve mental health at both a local and national level.
A range of public bodies, including the Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Public Health UK, Public Health England and NHS England, have joined up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board, of which WCC is a member, is also signed up and committed to the prevention agenda.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of WCC and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The County Council, and its partners and stakeholders, are proud to work in a way that is consistent with the Concordat across the many services we offer to people with mental health concerns, and I am pleased that we have joined our local and national public sector colleagues in signing up. Promoting positive mental health and preventing mental distress will remain a core part of what we do for our residents.”
Councillor Margaret Bell, Mental Health Champion for Warwickshire County Council, said: “2019 will be a year of wellbeing in Warwickshire when we will be focusing on promoting wellbeing and self-care, and we will also be providing mental health awareness and suicide prevention training to a range of partners to get these skills out in the community. Signing up to the Concordat is another step towards our goal of supporting everyone in Warwickshire to be safe, healthy and independent.”
Aside from the appointment of Councillor Bell as dedicated Mental Health Champion, WCC is also committed to a multi-agency suicide prevention plan launched in 2016, engages with the public and third sector through a local Mental Health Partnership Forum, and runs a range of services and campaigns designed to help people stay in or return to good mental health.
For more information about WCC’s mental health offer, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth